In this case stands for Backstitch & Beading. I detest backstitching. It is one of the reasons that I have a tendency to avoid most patterns out of Eastern Europe. It isn’t that many are interesting or lovely. It is that all of the details really come from outlining rather than purely from color or shading. Unfortunately, many of the “fancy lady” type of patterns also have this nasty tendency to need backstitching. Add in the necessity of then adding 220-whatever number of beads and the finishing feels like it takes as long as the stitching.

this is about where I left her in August of 2022. Effectively the stitching was complete. I went ahead and added the largest beads (mostly because I could) then went to backstitching). This is how far I got by the end of the day –

Then I just need to finish backstitching the last nine butterflies, add the two largest numbers of beads (one has 36 & the other ~130) and call it done.

I also managed another 490 stitches on my secondary project.  And now the hot tub is calling me…..

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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